Free Rein earns industry recognition

The award is given to an organization that exemplifies the values of community-based training

Free Rein Associates has received a leadership award from the Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training (ASPECT).

The award is given to an organization that exemplifies the values of community-based training and demonstrates going above and beyond the normal expectations of service delivery.

“Any time you’re recognized by your peers, it’s just a great honour,” said Peter Bailey, with Free Rein Associates. “It’s pretty exciting for us. I know that we have done some good work here over the years and that’s been seen as valuable I think.”

Free Rein Associates was recommended for the award by AdvantageHOPE, who pointed out that the organization walks “that fine line between service provider and community activist” in its nomination letter.

Norma Strachan, ASPECT’s chief executive officer, said Free Rein has long been recognized as a service delivery leader due to their commitment to community partnerships, entrepreneurial spirit, and leadership in addressing massive changes in the employment training industry.

“Free Rein goes beyond the normal contractual obligations for the delivery of their contracts because they are committed to their clients and holistic in their quest to address their needs,” she added. “The management team at Free Rein Associates consistently looks for ways to “make things work,” from changes in the economy and/or profile of the clients to massive restructuring of service delivery due to  changes in  government policies.”

The award was handed out at the ASPECT provincial conference in Victoria on Nov. 9.